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Im going to start my course in 2019 to do found aerospace eng and I was wondering what kind of jobs I could do whilst studying without me putting myself under too much pressure
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I didnt know anyone on my engineering course having part time jobs except those doing something small during xmas and summer like a temp job. frankly engineering has a lot of contact hrs (20-27hrs a week) and then some more catching up in your spare time like the weekends. it's not impossible but you'd probably have to give up something like social life to an extent.
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I didnt know anyone on my engineering course having part time jobs except those doing something small during xmas and summer like a temp job. frankly engineering has a lot of contact hrs (20-27hrs a week) and then some more catching up in your spare time like the weekends. it's not impossible but you'd probably have to give up something like social life to an extent.
how intense is it ?
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how intense is it ?
intense for me because I didnt come from a very mathematical background so I had to do further maths stuff from scratch in 3 months. people who did FM and physics kind of just cruised along from my observation.
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intense for me because I didnt come from a very mathematical background so I had to do further maths stuff from scratch in 3 months. people who did FM and physics kind of just cruised along from my observation.
when you say you didn't come from a very mathematical background I presume you only done gcse maths?
Also what engineering do you do ?
how many people dropped out after first year ?
and how hard is it to stay onto of lectures and homework?
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when you say you didn't come from a very mathematical background I presume you only done gcse maths?
Also what engineering do you do ?
how many people dropped out after first year ?
and how hard is it to stay onto of lectures and homework?
no I did a level maths but engineering requires FM to be really fluent in their engineering maths module.

I did civil engineering, which as u probably know is the least favourite engineering branch cos its ''boring'' but even then its was just too much content. aerospace and mech eng have more hrs I suppose cos of the physics side of things.

I and someone in my tutor group dropped out, a course mate I was going to live with also dropped out. it's a handful but I couldn't observe it all.

lectures often start 9 and finish at 5 or 6. they dont give out homework per se but questions to do and I often left the topic questions 2 or 3 weeks after we've covered it because I took too long consolidating


I spent all first yr going to lectures, spending hrs at home consolidating, cooking, sleep and repeat. I would sacrifice some nights for socialising but then have to revise more the next day. all in all, it wasn't the uni life style I was hoping for which explains why I changed course
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no I did a level maths but engineering requires FM to be really fluent in their engineering maths module.

I did civil engineering, which as u probably know is the least favourite engineering branch cos its ''boring'' but even then its was just too much content. aerospace and mech eng have more hrs I suppose cos of the physics side of things.

I and someone in my tutor group dropped out, a course mate I was going to live with also dropped out. it's a handful but I couldn't observe it all.

lectures often start 9 and finish at 5 or 6. they dont give out homework per se but questions to do and I often left the topic questions 2 or 3 weeks after we've covered it because I took too long consolidating


I spent all first yr going to lectures, spending hrs at home consolidating, cooking, sleep and repeat. I would sacrifice some nights for socialising but then have to revise more the next day. all in all, it wasn't the uni life style I was hoping for which explains why I changed course
what course did you change to I did a level maths bio and chemistry and got 3 u's but hope to do found aerospace eng I know its going to be tough but I didn't revise for my a levels so I want to be sure I don't drop out or make a wrong decision so thats why I need all the info I can get
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what course did you change to I did a level maths bio and chemistry and got 3 u's but hope to do found aerospace eng I know its going to be tough but I didn't revise for my a levels so I want to be sure I don't drop out or make a wrong decision so thats why I need all the info I can get
I did maths, history and geography a level, and got 3 As. I wouldn't say im smart, I just kind of understood the a level examiners and the system to get there. university exams and content however is much more different. you'd have to take a holistic approach to it because they'll throw questions at you that require actual problem solving, not regurgitation.

im changing to Accounting and management, which from a glance perfectly reflects my a levels more (a bit of maths in accounting and essay writing for management). on reflection, I did choose civil engineering for the prestigious I suppose, it's a course that's marketed very well - build bridges, buildings like the Shard, help develop disadvantaged communities infrastructure. its all so glamorous on paper until my first year was 50% maths, 10% drawings, 20% looking at soil (WORST PART EVER) 20% exhaustion from an intense field trip. I mean it IS cool, it is all rounded course for people who want that, I initially thought I wanted that, but my capabilities had to be reevaluated and I am kind of upset at one point that I chose the wrong course, but im getting to do first yr again now with all this experience and mistakes to avoid.

But you're doing a foundation year, which is slightly different, you're starting at year 0, you need to do well to get into year 1. so dont go into it because it's a good course to show off with, because you will not be showing off when you're deep into advanced calculus and wondering why physics is the bane of your life. As you have U grade for maths, you should definitely start revising now before your foundation yr start, then STRONGLY recommend covering Further maths. I have no idea what kind of physics they do in aerospace but I can tell you its more than just mechanics 1 and 2.
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As above, engineering tends to have a lot of contact hours compared to other subjects in first year (and later on, just it's particularly bad in first year), but you are largely free from having to do other work which means you can probably hold down a weekend job if you want to. A lot of universities will offer work on and off which is another avenue of making money, it just won't be as regular and you won't make as much overall (usually pays quite well per hour though because a lot of unis are living wage employers and you get holiday pay in lieu).

I'd disagree that you need FM though, most unis will start teaching maths from the relevant parts of A2 maths plus a little bit of AS FM which you need thrown in, you don't really need anything more than that throughout your studies, with a few exceptions. There might be some unis out there which go overboard with the maths content though.
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I guess it depends what you do and where you go a little bit. I also study engineering and personally found first year easier than my second and third year by quite a bit. While I didn’t do a part time job I did have time to socialise, chill and have quite a healthy work life balance. I couldn’t say the same in 2nd and 3rd year, it’s very intense with a lot of contact hours and a lot of assignments like design projects and lab reports that you need to do outside of lectures, I was even told by the year above to not get a job because of the intensity.

So again it depends but I would say potentially first year, especially if you’ve got a good understanding of the basics. I didn’t do further maths but I didn’t have much trouble picking it up and I did mechanics which also helped with my other modules. Also doing Chem eng, I did a level Chemistry meaning I also had a good grasp of the basics for these modules.

I would see how it goes and test the waters but if you are going to get a job, get one in first year as it will only get harder from then on.
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when you say you didn't come from a very mathematical background I presume you only done gcse maths?
Also what engineering do you do ?
how many people dropped out after first year ?
and how hard is it to stay onto of lectures and homework?
Some courses have about 30 contact hours including workshops and practicals - it's wise not to have a job during term time.
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